overview / resumen

I am a designer, researcher, and professor of design at the University of Florida. Please reach out if you are interested in design pedagogy, co-design, or design futures.

KEY WORDS co-design, horizontal methods, social justice, equity, self-determination, design for development, decolonize

Soy diseñadora, investigadora y profesora de diseño en la Universidad de la Florida, EEUU. Por favor, comuníquese si está interesado en la pedagogía del diseño, el diseño conjunto o el diseño de futuros.

PALABRAS CLAVES co-diseñar, métodos horizontales, justicia social, equidad, auto-determinación

research

My work is situated in the social, cultural, and political aspects of design, especially as these relate to globalization and decoloniality. This also extends to ways we can use design processes and strategies to address complex and pressing problems.

I have two research projects described below: 1) Design for Development (D4D) initiative, in which I and my students co-investigate (i.e., partner) with subject matter experts and indigenous entrepreneurs who seek autonomy as they make and market their products and 2) the Mira Project, in which I explore the visual representation of Mexican-ness through creative work and writing.

I have presented my work at numerous international and national conferences and recently published “Co-Designing for Development” with Raúl Sánchez in the Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design (2018). 

investigaciónes

En investigación mi principal línea de acción es a través de la iniciativa Diseño para el Desarrollo (D4D), en la cual co-diseñamos con otros diseñadores, alumnos, y expertos, ideando proyectos sustentables de comercio justo con emprendedores indígenas (Maya, Wixárika) en México. 

He presentado los resultados en numerosos congresos como MX Diseño: Impacto Social de Diseño y Academia Europea de Diseño. He publicado en Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Design (2018) y la revista Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies Journal, entre otros. Contribuyó al Manifiesto Internacional de Educación en Diseño (ICO-D).  Mi obra creativa ha sido exhibida internacionalmente, en lugares como Reino Unido, Hungría, Cuba, Venezuela, México, y los EEUU.

journal

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new years resolutions for designers

I happen to agree with this one: “Ninety percent of design is communication. Half of that will be done in writing. A designer who can’t write can’t defend their work. And work that can’t be defended will die.” from mike monteiro in .net.
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wordpress themes for designers

WordPress themes suitable for designers are listed below. There are obviously more. Many offer free along with paid themes. Take a look at these, browse through all since they’re not listed in any order. Get a sense of the kind of format you’d like.
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Visual Systems, spring 2012

Some resources for project 1, Design Workshop.
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portfolio networks

Design Related, by UF alumni Matt Sung and Karen Horton Request invite for portfolio Behance Network
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Icograda Design Education Manifesto 2011

My invited essay “Positioning Communication Design” begins on page 116 of the manifesto. "The Design Education Manifesto 2011 is a fruit of a 2-year-long process engaging some of the most prominent design education experts from around the world."
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